In a stunning discovery, archaeologists have uncovered the skeletons of a baby and a seahorse buried together in what appears to be an ancient burial ritual. The discovery was made in a cave on the coast of Greece, near the town of Ermioni.
The baby’s skeleton is believed to be around 2,000 years old, dating back to the Hellenistic period, while the seahorse skeleton is estimated to be much older, possibly dating back to the Bronze Age, around 3,500 years ago.
The discovery of the two skeletons together is particularly unusual, as seahorses are not typically associated with human burials. However, the seahorse has long been considered a symbol of good luck and protection, and it is possible that it played a significant role in the burial ritual.
Further analysis of the baby’s skeleton has revealed that it suffered from a number of health problems, including malnutrition and a congenital heart defect. This has led researchers to speculate that the baby may have been considered “special” or “sacred” by the community, and that the inclusion of the seahorse in the burial may have been an attempt to provide protection or ensure a safe passage to the afterlife.
The discovery of the baby and seahorse skeletons is just the latest in a series of fascinating discoveries in the area. The cave where the skeletons were found is believed to have been used for both burials and religious rituals for thousands of years, and researchers hope that further excavation of the site will reveal more about the ancient inhabitants of the area and their beliefs and practices.